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Thursday 5 April 2018 Calendar with holidays, observances and special days

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Holidays and observances

  • Children's Day in Palestinian territories

Events

  • 1992 – Peace protesters Suada Dilberovic and Olga Sučić are killed on the Vrbanja Bridge in Sarajevo, becoming the first casualties of the Bosnian War.
  • 1957 – In India, Communists win the first elections in united Kerala and E. M. S. Namboodiripad is sworn in as the first Chief Minister.
  • 1949 – A fire in a hospital in Effingham, Illinois, kills 77 people and leads to nationwide fire code improvements in the United States.
  • 1943 – World War II: American bomber aircraft accidentally cause more than 900 civilian deaths, including 209 children, and 1,300 wounded among the civilian population of the Belgian town of Mortsel. Their target was the Erla factory one kilometer from the residential area hit.
  • 1922 – The American Birth Control League, forerunner of Planned Parenthood, is incorporated.
  • 1904 – The first international rugby league match is played between England and an Other Nationalities team (Welsh & Scottish players) in Central Park, Wigan, England.
  • 1900 – Archaeologists in Knossos, Crete, discover a large cache of clay tablets with hieroglyphic writing in a script they call Linear B.
  • 1862 – American Civil War: The Battle of Yorktown begins.
  • 1792 – United States President George Washington exercises his authority to veto a bill, the first time this power is used in the United States.
  • 1722 – The Dutch explorer Jacob Roggeveen discovers Easter Island.
  • 1614 – In Virginia, Native American Pocahontas marries English colonist John Rolfe.

Births

  • 1993 – Maya DiRado, American swimmer
  • 1991 – Linnon Stylz, American singer and businessman
  • 1985 – Lastings Milledge, American baseball player
  • 1984 – David Dillehunt, American director, producer, and composer
  • 1982 – Hayley Atwell, English-American actress
  • 1982 – Kelly Pavlik, American boxer
  • 1982 – Matt Pickens, American soccer player
  • 1981 – Michael A. Monsoor, American soldier, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 2006)
  • 1980 – Mary Katharine Ham, American journalist and blogger
  • 1980 – Matt Bonner, American basketball player
  • 1979 – Benji Radach, American mixed martial artist and trainer
  • 1979 – Dante Wesley, American football player
  • 1978 – Robert Glasper, African-American singer-songwriter, pianist, and producer
  • 1978 – Stephen Jackson, American basketball player
  • 1976 – Ross Gload, American baseball player
  • 1976 – Ryan Drese, American baseball player
  • 1975 – Juicy J, American rapper and producer
  • 1975 – Shammond Williams, American basketball player and coach
  • 1974 – Sahaj, American singer-songwriter
  • 1973 – Élodie Bouchez, French-American actress
  • 1973 – Pharrell Williams, American rapper, producer, and fashion designer
  • 1973 – Tony Banks, American football player and journalist
  • 1972 – Pat Green, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1972 – Waylon Payne, American singer-songwriter and actor
  • 1968 – Paula Cole, American singer-songwriter and pianist
  • 1967 – Anu Garg, Indian-American journalist and author
  • 1967 – Troy Gentry, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1966 – Mike McCready, American guitarist and songwriter
  • 1965 – Cris Carpenter, American baseball player and educator
  • 1964 – Christopher Reid, American rapper and actor
  • 1962 – Lana Clarkson, American actress and model (d. 2003)
  • 1961 – Jim LeRoy, American pilot (d. 2007)
  • 1960 – Larry McCray, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1958 – Johan Kriek, South African-American tennis player
  • 1956 – Diamond Dallas Page, American wrestler and actor
  • 1954 – Peter Case, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1954 – Stan Ridgway, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1953 – Frank Gaffney, American journalist and radio host
  • 1952 – John C. Dvorak, American author, editor and co-host of No Agenda podcast
  • 1952 – Mitch Pileggi, American actor
  • 1951 – Dean Kamen, American inventor and businessman, founded Segway Inc.
  • 1949 – Judith Resnik, Ukrainian Jewish-American engineer and astronaut (d. 1986)
  • 1944 – Peter T. King, American soldier, lawyer, and politician
  • 1943 – Max Gail, American actor and director
  • 1941 – Michael Moriarty, American-Canadian actor
  • 1940 – Tommy Cash, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1939 – Ronald White, American singer-songwriter (d. 1995)
  • 1938 – Nancy Holt, American sculptor and painter (d. 2014)
  • 1937 – Colin Powell, American general and politician, 65th United States Secretary of State
  • 1937 – Joseph Lelyveld, American journalist and author
  • 1934 – Moise Safra, Brazilian businessman and philanthropist, co-founded Banco Safra (d. 2014)
  • 1934 – Stanley Turrentine, American saxophonist and composer (d. 2000)
  • 1933 – Barbara Holland, American author (d. 2010)
  • 1933 – Frank Gorshin, American actor (d. 2005)
  • 1931 – Jack Clement, American singer-songwriter and producer (d. 2013)
  • 1929 – Ivar Giaever, Norwegian-American physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1928 – Tony Williams, American singer (d. 1992)
  • 1926 – Roger Corman, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter
  • 1923 – Michael V. Gazzo, American actor (d. 1995)
  • 1922 – Gale Storm, American actress and singer (d. 2009)
  • 1917 – Robert Bloch, American author (d. 1994)
  • 1916 – Albert Henry Ottenweller, American bishop (d. 2012)
  • 1916 – Gregory Peck, American actor, political activist, and producer (d. 2003)
  • 1911 – Johnny Revolta, American golfer (d. 1991)
  • 1909 – Albert R. Broccoli, American film producer, co-founded Eon Productions (d. 1996)
  • 1908 – Bette Davis, American actress (d. 1989)
  • 1908 – Ernestine Gilbreth Carey, German-American author (d. 2006)
  • 1906 – Lord Buckley, English-American stage performer, recording artist and monologist (d. 1960)
  • 1904 – Richard Eberhart, American poet and academic (d. 2005)
  • 1902 – Menachem Mendel Schneerson, Russian-American rabbi (d. 1994)
  • 1901 – Melvyn Douglas, American actor (d. 1981)
  • 1900 – Herbert Bayer, Austrian-American graphic designer, painter, and photographer (d. 1985)
  • 1900 – Spencer Tracy, Irish-American actor (d. 1967)
  • 1899 – Alfred Blalock, American surgeon and academic (d. 1964)
  • 1899 – Elsie Thompson, American super-centenarian (d. 2013)
  • 1883 – Walter Huston, Canadian-American actor and singer (d. 1950)
  • 1872 – Samuel Cate Prescott, American microbiologist and chemist (d. 1962)
  • 1858 – Washington Atlee Burpee, Canadian businessman, founded Burpee Seeds (d. 1915)
  • 1856 – Booker T. Washington, African-American educator, essayist and historian (d. 1915)
  • 1839 – Robert Smalls, African-American ship's pilot, sea captain, and politician (d. 1915)
  • 1824 – Moses Dickson, African-American abolitionist, soldier, minister and founder of The Knights of Liberty (d. 1901)
  • 1816 – Samuel Freeman Miller, American physician, lawyer, and jurist (d. 1890)
  • 1780 – Benjamin Greene, English brewer and businessman, founded Greene King Brewery (d. 1860)
  • 1761 – Sybil Ludington, heroine of the American Revolutionary War (d. 1839)
  • 1649 – Elihu Yale, American-English merchant and philanthropist (d. 1721)

Deaths

  • 2015 – Fredric Brandt, American dermatologist and author (b. 1949)
  • 2015 – Julie Wilson, American actress and singer (b. 1924)
  • 2015 – Richard Dysart, American actor (b. 1929)
  • 2014 – John Pinette, American comedian (b. 1964)
  • 2014 – Peter Matthiessen, American novelist, short story writer, editor, co-founded The Paris Review (b. 1927)
  • 2013 – Dave Hunt, American radio host and author (b. 1926)
  • 2013 – David Kuo, American journalist and author (b. 1968)
  • 2012 – Gil Noble, American journalist and producer (b. 1932)
  • 2012 – Jim Herr, American businessman, founded Herr's Snacks (b. 1924)
  • 2012 – Jim Marshall, English businessman, founded Marshall Amplification (b. 1923)
  • 2012 – Joe Avezzano, American football player and coach (b. 1943)
  • 2009 – Constantine Papadakis, Greek-American businessman and academic (b. 1946)
  • 2008 – Charlton Heston, American actor, director, and political activist (b. 1923)
  • 2007 – Darryl Stingley, American football player and scout (b. 1951)
  • 2007 – Mark St. John, American guitarist (b. 1956)
  • 2006 – Allan Kaprow, American painter and educator (b. 1927)
  • 2006 – Gene Pitney, American singer-songwriter (b. 1941)
  • 2005 – Dale Messick, American author and illustrator (b. 1906)
  • 2005 – Neil Welliver, American painter (b. 1929)
  • 2005 – Saul Bellow, Canadian-American novelist, essayist and short story writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1915)
  • 2002 – Layne Staley, American singer-songwriter (b. 1967)
  • 2001 – Brother Theodore, German-American comedian, actor, and screenwriter (b. 1906)
  • 2000 – Lee Petty, American race car driver (b. 1914)
  • 1997 – Allen Ginsberg, American poet (b. 1926)
  • 1996 – Larry LaPrise, American songwriter (b. 1913)
  • 1994 – Kurt Cobain, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1967)
  • 1994 – Roy Smeck, American country musician (b. 1900)
  • 1992 – Sam Walton, American businessman, founded Walmart and Sam's Club (b. 1918)
  • 1991 – John Tower, American soldier, academic, and politician (b. 1925)
  • 1991 – Sonny Carter, American soccer player, physician, and astronaut (b. 1947)
  • 1983 – Danny Rapp, American singer-songwriter (b. 1941)
  • 1982 – Abe Fortas, American lawyer and jurist (b. 1910)
  • 1981 – Bob Hite, American singer-songwriter (b. 1945)
  • 1976 – Howard Hughes, American pilot, engineer, and director (b. 1905)
  • 1976 – Wilder Penfield, American-Canadian surgeon and academic (b. 1891)
  • 1972 – Brian Donlevy, American actor and producer (b. 1901)
  • 1972 – Isabel Jewell, American actress and singer (b. 1907)
  • 1970 – Alfred Sturtevant, American geneticist and academic (b. 1891)
  • 1969 – Shelby Storck, American journalist, actor, director, and producer (b. 1917)
  • 1967 – Hermann Joseph Muller, American geneticist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1890)
  • 1967 – Mischa Elman, Ukrainian-American violinist (b. 1891)
  • 1964 – Douglas MacArthur, American general (b. 1880)
  • 1946 – Vincent Youmans, American composer and producer (b. 1898)
  • 1943 – Aleš Hrdlička, Czech-American anthropologist and scholar (b. 1869)
  • 1936 – Chandler Egan, American golfer and architect (b. 1884)
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